(And yes, for those who aren't sure: this is the official English-language Twitter account of the President of Iran)
They don't mean that peace is right around the corner, of course. This photo of Tehran's Jewish community (I'm assuming that's where it was taken, judging by the building architecture) is also a reminder that there is almost no Jewish community left in Iran. But at the same time, the message is a reminder of the profound ties that have linked the Jews and the Persians since the time of Cyrus: the present hostility is historically quite anomalous, an artifact in large part of the late 20th century. And the reminder of shared roots is no less significant, in a world that defines itself by language and by ties of kinship: I grew up hearing the phrase "our cousins, the Arabs" for a reason.
(For those who would point out that the odds that the Arabs are all descended from Abraham through Ishmael, and that the Jews through Isaac, are slim to none, and that even if this were true, the Persians certainly aren't, this is an excellent introduction to the concept of fictive kinship, a tremendously important structure in many societies. And honestly, when you live next to each other for a few thousand years, you may as well be family anyway.)
So while I don't read this tweet as being a sign that peace is going to come tomorrow, it's a matter of importance nonetheless.
Shana tova to everyone!
These tiny creatures – which have just been discovered in coastal bushland near Albany in Western Australia – wear a stunning blue mask to court females, earning them the nickname “blueface”.
Officially named Maratus personatus (the species name derives from the Latin for masked), blueface belongs to the growing family of peacock spiders – dazzling little Australian natives that are just 3 to 5 millimetres long. As the name suggests, the males use vivid colours to attract females. But unlike other peacock spiders, the male M. personatus does not have a fan-like abdomen that it extends while trying to court females. Instead, it relies on its blue mask and the characteristic white banding around it to lure lady spiders.
Full article: https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn27975-newly-discovered-species-of-peacock-spider-is-a-masked-seducer/
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